Disaster Resources - University of Illinois Extension

Prepare Before Winter Storms Strike

At Home and At Work

The primary concerns are the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.

Have Available:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable (AM-FM) radio to receive emergency information. These may be your links to the outside world.
  • Extra food and water. High energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.
  • Extra supply of medicine and baby items.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Heating fuel. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm.
  • Emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc. Learn to use them properly to prevent a fire. Have proper ventilation.
  • Fire extinguisher and smoke detector. Test units regularly to ensure they are working properly.

On the Farm

  • Move animals to sheltered areas.
  • Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.
  • Have a water supply available. Most animal deaths in winter storms occur from dehydration.

In Cars and Trucks

  • Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports on current conditions!
  • Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins.
  • Carry a WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT.
  • Keep your gas tank near full to prevent ice in the tank and fuel lines which could leave you stranded.
  • Try not to travel alone.
  • Let someone know your primary and alternate routes and anticipated timetable.
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